Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spruce Up Your Spring Steps

Spruce Up Your Spring Steps
written by Noelle Rose Andressen Feb 15, 2017 copyright


Is Your Workout In Need of a Spring Spruce Up
Here's some helpful hints to help you on your way.

  • Changing scenery re-energizes a workout routine that may have grown stale. An ideal outdoor location is a park area with large trees for shading.
  • Get a workout buddy. As long as both are committed to the task at hand, a workout buddy offers an additional level of support and encouragement. It also helps keep consistency during performance. 
  • Change up your tunes. Something appropriate to the theme or mood of the movement. If you're doing yoga you don't want to play something with high energy you'd want a soothing set of tunes; however if your getting into an aerobics workout high energy is exactly what you want.

Where to Workout
  • Ideas for Yoga or light aerobics: A flat and stable area that has some "cushioning" is best for outdoor surfaces. 
    If a park is chosen make sure to check for dips or holes in the ground that can be disguised due to long blades of grass. Walk the area carefully to test for levels or sudden drops. 


    A flat and stable area helps prevent injuries. If the ground is not level you could injure your ankle. A sprain, twist or  break could occur. 
    The "cushioning" such as a low pile area of grass will help provide safety and prevention of shin splints. Aggressive jarring of the body's energy landing on hard pavement would also tire the muscles quickly.
  • Indoor swimming: Whether you have a friend with a luxurious home or you have a wonderful membership to a gym with a heated pool, your workout can be livened up by changing to this as a location. It also gives weary knees and joints a break from high impact workouts.
    Be aware of the chlorine levels in case you are prone to skin or eye allergies caused by chemical irritants. 

Check Your Shoes
  • Depending on how much one exercises, be aware of your shoe care. 
  • On average every 3-4 months or more accurately 60-80 workout hours for optimal performance and protection. For pointe shoes, depending on how long your classes are: 20-30 hours or once the box becomes slightly soft and there is no longer any support for your foot.
  • It's best to check the bottom of the shoes to see if they're worn down. You want to look for any variations that show evenly distributed weight such as the back of the heels caving in on the left or the right. This shows uneven distribution and can cause medical problems such as poor posture, alignment degradation, or severe injury to the spine, feet or knees.

Munchies
  • Pre work out snacks are best when kept light such as fruits and granola. They also keep the stomach and bowels from getting congested which provides better body conditions for movement. Anything too heavy will cause the body to be sluggish and not advised for optimal performance. It is also not good for proper digestion to eat right before a workout.
  • Post workout snacks should have some protein such as a low fat milk. This helps provide building blocks and essential nutrients for the muscles that have just been pushed and stretched.



What To Wear - from footwear to outerwear 
  • Outdoors: Sneakers that have solid and strong support. They should fit firmly on the foot and yet does not cause the toes to scrunch or restrict circulation. Anything too loose will chaff and cause blistering. Arch supports should contact the skin snuggly. A quick test is to secure and tie the shoe on your foot, then try to slip your finger in between the arch of your foot and arch support. If you can get your finger inside or if there's room between the support and the sole of your foot, this is not a proper fit for you. 
  • Indoors: Footwear that does not damage the floor. Check with the dance studio to find out their policies on footwear. Some soles will damage the flooring. Always get a professional fit if you are dancing.
  • Athletic-Wear: Fabric that wicks moisture away from your body and allows unrestricted movement is best. If you're swimming wear something that is appropriate to cover your entire trunk for ladies. Men, wear something that supports and doesn't restrict. Dancers: Check with your director, some like a uniform look such as in a ballet class with black leotards and pink tights.



Auditions, Interviews, Jobs, Ohhhh My!


Auditions, Interviews, Jobs, Ohhhh My!
Written by Noelle Rose Andressen Feb 22, 2017

My name is Noelle Rose Andressen. I am a professional choreographer-dancer for 25 years, nominated Performance Artist of the Year, perform internationally on tour and on TV ABC's Modern Family and g.l.a.a.d. Awards, I produce a large annual Awakenings & Beginnings Dance Festival in Los Angeles, I do a lot of outreaches with my dance company Rubans Rouges Dance of which I'm also the Artistic Director, I am a breast cancer survivor and for six years I've sat as Luminaria Ceremony Chair for the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life".

We often interview for administrative job positions, Board Members, and hold auditions for live and filmed performances. I hope in sharing some of my experiences it may help dancers or any artist with accepting rejection and then to help guide those who have to share the rejection news. I have auditioned for many companies as a dancer, actor, and also pitching ideas as a choreographer. I've had good rejection experiences and some negative ones. 

Overall, we at Rubans Rouges Dance, my dance company, believe that showing the person/candidate that a potential "boss" cares about them as a person and has genuine interest in their well being and progress is a strong approach. It also gives the company a good reputation for reaching out on a human level in a world that seems overwhelmed by technology.

Having been on both sides of the audition/recruitment table helps me to be more compassionate and professional. This is why I am passionate about this topic. Essentially, empathy drives me, since I've been there I know how I'd want to be treated. Everything I've experienced has all made me a better person and I now have solid skills when holding auditions and then having to decline a candidate or reject their submissions.


Personable From The Beginning
Ways to do this: Eye contact when you meet them. Shaking their hands and calling them by name. Smiling and positive reinforcement and feedback during the screening process. Letting each person know that you care and are interested in their skills developing and growing as an artist.

Humanizing the Process Initially
It is customary in a dance audition to have numbers pinned to the dancer's leotards. We do that plus add their names under their numbers. We work with the group as a whole unit and build a small community for the 2.5 hours they spend with us. We keep that same humanistic respect and feeling continuing through the rejection process.

Complete Participation With the Candidates
People don't want to feel badly about themselves or their efforts. They need to know they made a difference with their attempts. Kindness offers that. It says, "I care about you, thank you for spending your time with me/us." 

Some Don'ts
We never play colleagues against one another. One incident we encountered was during a "pitch" our colleagues work was elevated and many great things were said about their work, however our work was compared to as substandard and lacking, or not compelling to be precise. Granted it is an opinion and while people are entitled to it; an unprofessional comparison based on only an opinion is at best tacky and can be seen as a tool to divide and outcast. Mostly, this tactic is unprofessional and unwarranted and should be left to grade school play-yard bullies.

While we may have opinions about entities, or how way others run their businesses, we never compare colleagues against one another. It is very unprofessional to do so and we refrain from working with this type of negative energy unless of course people have proven change. We do allow the room for that because everyone makes mistakes including us.

Empathic Rejection
We have had dancers say that they didn't feel as if they were being rejected even after they were rejected. I believe it is because of making them initially feel accepted into the group (by doing what I stated above) even if they weren't cast, it lays the foundation work for a healthy rejection exchange. It builds good reputation and report and they always come back for a second audition for another show if they didn't make the cut the first time. If everyone can feel good about themselves after an audition, especially if it ends in a rejection, then everyone benefits.

For the rejection, we reach out with a phone call and exchange ideas and give feedback on how to improve. The purpose is to grow their skills not humiliate them or make them feel bad about themselves. We focus on the positive and encourage them to try again and audition with us. We give input of what to work on and then also invite them to our company classes.

Dancers, actors, writers, artists, we hope this will help you understand from the other side of the table what we are truly experiencing and desiring for you. Please know that our company would love to give everyone a "job", but that simply isn't possible. We encourage you to keep coming back because we have often selected from our past pool of auditioners.

Warm smiles and blessings.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Get The Pointe - Part One

Get the Pointe - Part One
A Much More Important Debate (I'm a dancer I'm not into politics.)
by Noelle Rose Andressen (c) September 26, 2016 Excerpted & developed from/for my thesis.
Photo below: Alvaro Muniz (c) September 2016



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Real Life Ballerinas or Not?
Should producers, filmmakers use real ballerinas when they're making a film, a commercial, a promo, a public service announcement? My personal assessment: I think they should. It looks better but it depends what they're trying to get across. 

Some people just don't know or don't understand why it is important to us who practice the dance discipline of ballet. While no one "owns" dance, it is important to us to preserve the heritage and history of our art-form. Ballet has a form of its own culture and just as much as no one wants to purposefully skew anyone's culture from other countries and races, those of us who work decades at ballet can sometimes feel a similar way. When it is done in a lesser form (not speaking about those learning and trying to perfect the craft), it can come across as a mockery even if it's not intended to be.

Technique - Perfection
While I can get super critical about technique, because I'm still learning the craft, I do value those who've worked hard to perfect it. With ballet you never master it. We all chase after that and it becomes a form of an addiction in a sense that you always want to work harder and work for it more until you get it right. You can come very close, very few come very close. It's not easy, especially when you go en pointe, it's hard.

Look at some of my pictures. They're far from mastering the craft and sometimes I hate putting them out there into the world online because I know they're not perfect and if it's not perfect it's not good, but you do the best you can. If I always censored myself I would never have anything made public. I decided not to be a perfectionist, as it was something that I rebelled against as a young child, but I do understand the importance of perfecting this craft because if it doesn't look good, it looks bad. 

(The photo above is lovely and fairly decent. To me it falls short and I can pick at it. For one, I'd like my chest lifted higher. My right hand's fingers are curled downward. This will always challenge me because of the lupus symptoms and a couple of my knuckles are damaged. I have to learn to accept this about myself and not call it crap. Being hard on one's self is a typical dancer thing.)


One thing to remember: We shouldn't get so hyper critical that we start tearing people (or ourselves) apart because we all have battles that we're fighting.

However, I'm a dancer, I "get" the technique issue because it pains me when I don't do something right. I'll watch a video or see a photo and I see that I'm not (my foot) over the box enough or the pointe isn't good because I didn't break in my shoes long enough, it's not arched well, the foot isn't "winged" out enough, or the shoe is not fitting and that's just with the feet. There's so much we can be critical about, such is the nature of the art. 

I was never a professional ballerina and I won't be because of my age, but I do teach ballet. Being a ballerina just wasn't the way I was supposed to go, so I do modern and contemporary but I still do practice ballet and every once in a while I do a pointe piece if I think I can nail it. As I said, if it doesn't look good, it looks bad. There's no room for error, you have to get it so precise. That's why it's so hard.

Should We Say Something....
With that said, I see bashing of all these people, not only Kendall Jenner, beautiful young lady, obviously. I do think that Vogue was just trying to portray a "girl-hood" child hood dream of: "Wouldn't it be great to be a ballerina." and she was just being a free, lovely spirit doing her form of dance. It was like she was being a child in an adult's body. Obviously, it doesn't even look like she's ever had any training, but why bash someone? However, just as much as you don't want to make fun of anyone's religion, ballet can be a religion to some people and you don't want to make fun of it. I don't think that's what Vogue was doing. 

Vogue Italia
Allison DeBona did a video and it's very sexy and racy. I'm very comfortable with my body so I'm fine with it. As for Allison's piece, just on the aesthetic level she had technique. Both women doing the same type of promotion for Vogue - beautiful. One's very child-like, fun and free and as long as you can appreciate it for that, that's where you need to leave that one. The one with Allison doing hers, she definitely has technique, come on guys. It's beautiful and I personally don't have a problem with but you also have to understand the other side of it. Ballet was never meant to be portrayed like that. 

I get things thrown at me like that too because when I do pointe pieces it can be erotic, not sex, but it can be very sensual. I like to do things a little differently sometimes. Yet I still have that part inside of me that says, "Pay Respect". I don't do classical pointe. Now who is to say that we can't deviate from tradition? I totally get the initial intention. 

I do like the Vogue Italia one. I am a little biased because I am Italian. I thought it was mind blowing and really beautiful. Why can't ballet look like that? Who's to say it can't? Why can't we break the mold?

Contemporary Ballet Broke the Mold or Maybe Expanded It
Let's take a look at contemporary ballet. All of those wonderful choreographers, they changed it up a little bit. They still used pointe and the foundation but they took it a little further. Is it disrespectful? It acceptable? I am torn because I have classical training, I have that discipline, I have that in my up-bringing so there's a part of me that says it's disrespectful but then again, times are changing and it's going to change whether I like it or not. I would like to have the classical form of ballet and pointe be preserved. 

As long as it's preserved and we allow room for it to develop and grow. It really wasn't meant to, just so you know. Classical pointe ballet was meant to be as such. Some say it's a dying art form. You have all these contemporary voices chiming in saying it can be this way or this way. Truly, nobody "owns" dance. There are some who think they might own it but they don't. It belongs to all of these gifted, talented and artistic people and we are allowed to contribute our perspective and our voices. 

This is a legitimate argument on all sides of the fence. I see more than just two sides of it because there are so many different voices chiming in. Why be cruel to people? You can have your opinion but you don't have to be mean.   

Respect
Then there's the respect concern. You put on those pointe shoes for the first time and for a ballet dancer that's like a graduation. That position and moment in time was earned with blood, sweat and tears. Yes, all of it happens especially once you put those pointe shoes on, your feet will never be the same. They will bleed, they will hurt, they will get damaged. Somehow this is all worth it. I love it personally.

For me the biggest thing was getting back en pointe after having cancer. I was a disaster. I didn't say, "I used to do this so I can just get back up en pointe." You just don't do that and normally you can't go back to it after being away from it for so many years because usually you age and age works against you. I happen to be one of those rare oddities. 

Am I good enough to be a prima ballerina, no way, but I do like to use it to strengthen my body, it gives me that discipline, but we all use it for different things. Sometimes I can do a piece well enough for the stage and sometimes not. I do photo-shoots still and as you know, I continue to perform modern and contemporary dance all over the world.

Please stay plugged-in for Part Two of this series.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Strike A Pose

Strike A Pose
COVET Fashion & Terani Couture
by Noelle Rose Andressen (c) August 4, 2016

Tom-Boy Glamour Queen
The lights, the camera, the runway, the clothes...what gal doesn't dream of being surrounded by all that glamour? Thanks to the Golden Age of Hollywood, we all probably dreamed of this at some point. I did, however...


I had three brothers, loved sports, climbed trees, adored martial arts, and was a dare-devil. I truly was a tom-boy, I just did everything in a dress, hair fixed, nails manicured--exquisiteness. I was "dressed to the nines" at the age of ten ;)  I often was caught and scolded by my mom for having cut up my sheets to make elaborate dresses and wild designs, however, I came by it honestly since my mom taught me to sew and craft patterns at a very young age. I just LOVED fashion! 

It didn't start out that way. At first I didn't want to be fussed over or with, but my Grandmother changed that a bit with forcing me to watch the old Hollywood Glamour movies and then that was it.

As I said, High End Fashion has always been a love of mine that I grew into. When I was in my mid-teens I had my own fashion design line and label. I sold my designs at boutiques in Palm Springs and my friends were my models. My frame was very petite and during those days most models for the runway were very tall, I was not, not even in heels. While I did do petite modeling for lingerie, dance and ice skating attire, I longed to be able to wear those gorgeous, draping gowns and walk the runway. At that time, there was no hope for me, I was a tiny thing, slender, physically fit, but short.



COVET Fashion vs. Video Games
My other obsession was video games. Seriously, having a Nintendo console was the thing then for my generation, especially for my brothers. I loved playing all the quest and fighting games, but I wished there was something more for girls. Years later, an awesome iPhone app: COVET Fashion came along and I loved it! It combined video games, paper dolls, fashion, and design all in one. What made me fall in love with it was that it used real fashion designs from real designers. This meant I could play the game, dress up my digital "doll", then go out and get the designs for myself. You can even make the digital model look like you and try on dozens of designer couture before you go out and purchase it. It does help to get an idea of what you may look like in any given design before you invest financially in it.

What's shown left is a screen shot from COVET Fashion. It's the Terani Couture gown that I ended up wearing at my event. This two piece design was perfect for me being a dancer: it was creative, elegant, and showed off the body especially the abs. I wanted 6-pack for this event. I had to settle for a two-pack this past January, but the goal is still there to achieve. I also, love Stephanie Kantis jewelry designs, Kotur, Rebecca Minkoff shoes--extremely comfortable and divine.

Rubans Rouges Dance & Terani Couture
Let's back up a bit and take a look at how I worked with all these amazing elements.

Here's where my dance company comes into play and many more things. My company often has VIP Events to attend, or we produce many high profile dance concerts, art films through my film production company, and I pen many editorials and books. This past January, I was totally blessed and graced with this gorgeous gown by Terani Couture. (Please see my other blog entry that shows the full length gown.) The ultimate gown that I loved, I wore for our VIP Red Carpet Reception. It was amazing, glamourous, and such a thrill. Terani Couture featured me on all their social media and my dancers and I had a ton of fun on the red carpet before we danced. What I adore about Terani Couture is that they keep all women's body types in mind. They have petite sizes and full figured sizes. Everybody's body can look great in these fashion designs.

Pretty awesome sauce! Go get this app and start dreaming.

If you love to play COVET Fashion like we do, JOIN our fashion house: "Glamorinas" and have some fun with us. It's a brand new group. Feel free to connect with us, borrow from our closets (mine's over $1,000,000.00 - tons of gorgeous designs to borrow), give fashion feedback, like each other's designs, and have tons of fun. We only require that you play frequently and enjoy sharing and posting your designs with the group. Submit your request to the group and we'll approve you.

One of my favorite type of challenges are the dance themed ones. It's probably obvious why that is.

I'll be updating this fashion section of my company's blog often. I share new fashion looks from the COVET Fashion game app to real life events. Wear-It, LOVE-It, Live-It! XXOXX Noelle-Rose

Special thanks to Blair Hamilton and Bonnie Burton, Helen and Terani Couture. We love you ladies!!


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Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Lens of Lois Greenfield


The Lens of Lois Greenfield
An essay of gratitude
by Noelle Rose Andressen (c) 2016

The Dream
Every dancer has a dream or a goal unique to hers or his journey. It may be to: portray particular roles; to dance on various stages or in grand venues; partner with a specific dancer; work under a creative choreographer; or attain another mark of achievement with a special value that only he or she can truly understand. My personal dream was to work with world legendary dance photographer: Lois Greenfield. 

A little note: In January, 2006 I had just rid my body of cancer round one. We had sold our home to pay for my treatment. No insurance. We didn't have a home, we had very little in the bank, only a hope that things could get better. Keep this in mind as we progress forward with my tale because within 10 years, I went from cancer to dancer and in front of Lois Greenfield's Lens. 

The Seed Planted
Going back a few years, my modern dance instructor first introduced me to Lois's photographic art-work. She had one of Lois's photos in the transparent cover of her notebook. I was immediately enthralled and fell in love with the way the dancer's body was captured on film in a still moment. This instructor had, I believe, one of Lois's calendars too. The images were beautiful and mind-boggling. How was this style photography achieved? I had of course seen Lois's trademark photography before early in my training days around the early 1990's, how could one not notice them. I just didn't know who the photographer was and too "into" my young adult self to research. As a mature adult however, I did the research and fell more in love with this amazing artist and greatly wanted to work with her. At that time I had to settle for gazing at my instructor's photos and calendars and dream.

Nurtured Soil
During the years, I would recall my desire and yet knew how far away it was. The cancer had wrecked my body, heart, mind and spirit. Cancer has a way of stripping one raw to the bone. I had a long way to go to get my dancer's body back. I worked hard. I went back to school, got another degree, and most importantly rehabilitated my broken body. My skills, maturity, and life experiences changed me and grew me. I was creating a persona for myself as a professional dancer and learning how to express myself deeper. My notoriety rose and things were going well for myself and my company and then finally I had my opportunity to work with Lois. 

Love from the Sun
First meeting her face to face was a surreal joy. A very warm and embracing woman with a spunky heart and brilliant smile. She was hospitable to me and my assistant and had all those goodies dancers love so they can warm up properly. I entered her creative lair, I was so elated. I was also overwhelmed. In a few moments I was finally going to be in front of Lois's lens permanently recorded in her work. I felt so inadequate. She told me to breathe. That word again "Breathe" had taken on new significance and new meaning for me over my lifetime. It would recreate itself to mold into the hurting nook in my heart and offer a salve of healing for that moment. 

I may constantly be telling others how beautiful they are and can see their inner sparkle, but never quite seeing mine. Lois helped me to see my beauty that day we shot. Every time she had me look in the monitor at her handiwork, I was thinking "Is that really me?" It was. My dream was now a reality. Later that night, I snuggled in bed and giggled to myself, "I just had a photo shoot with Lois Greenfield!" Sleep came upon me quick and hard. It was such a joyous day.

The Harvest
I've worked with fabulous photographers, all of whom I adored. They each have their particular strengths and I love the collaborative process. Most of the time we had produced incredible results that are or were beyond my initial concepts and when that occurs, it's like magic and a hugely successful marketing plan ensues. Learning the skill and art of collaboration through my professional dance career has been exciting and paved the way for more to come. My experience with Lois was a breathless venture that gave me such insight into this talented woman, her work, and myself. Perhaps I should rephrase it to say:

I became a living part of this woman's art. 

I am still in awe that this manifested for me. Looking back, I cannot put my finger on "it" how "it" all happened except to say that there are things greater than us at work sometimes and we just have to accept the gifts as they come. I am forever grateful for this woman who captured a beauty within me that I never knew existed. 

Thank You Lois! XOXO
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Lemon Love!

Quick Vid
LEMON LOVE
by Noelle Andressen

A good way to put a twist in your water and enjoy a cool beverage in the warmer weather: organic lemons.
  1. Slice one up and put several drops in your water. Yummy!
  2. Lemons become alkaline in the body and are good to balance pH if yours is too acidic.
  3. Lemons are a great source of vitamin C. Keeps your immune system boosted during summer vacation traveling.

They also smell refreshing and are a great way to rid your home of odors.
Some uses:
  1. Add a few drops in the toilet bowl when you clean it.
  2. Drop two slices into the kitchen sink, run the water, then use the garbage disposal.
  3. I've been able to attract butterflies outside by placing over-ripe-on-the-verge-of-molding lemons in a shallow bowl.
Watch this Quick Vid for more.



Dancers Fighting Cancer - How To Do What Moves You

Dancers Fighting Cancer
How To Do What Moves You
An essay written by Noelle Andressen
copyright 2016

Volunteerism is a wonderful way to support your community and feel good about helping others. For the past seven years, I've been involved with The American Cancer Society promoting wellness, raising funds, helping others through the disease and participating in Relay For Life. I've been involved with this community fundraising event for 6 years.

My first experience was being on a relay team in Simi Valley. For those who are unfamiliar with Relay for Life, it is a 24-hour event that takes place often times on a track or field. The object: to have at least one person from your team constantly walking around the track. This is symbolic for how cancer doesn't sleep. It pursues its host 24-hour/7 relentlessly. The sun never goes down for the cancer patient, they're always experiencing the disease until it is eradicated from their body. It is difficult, it will test you past your abilities, and take you to places in your heart you never dreamed were reachable.

Subsequent years I was a Team Captain and had my own team: Dancers Fighting Cancer. Our team is usually comprised of dancers or lovers of dance. We have a lot of fun and enjoy decorating our table. We did an average job raising funds in the early years and some years we didn't do as well. Mostly, my fault  because I would get so focused on the next step in my volunteerism: Chair Person for the Luminaria Ceremony.

At the relay there are sub events within happening during the course of the 24 hours. One of those events is the Luminaria Ceremony. During this ceremony, my team that's supported by my dance company: Rubans Rouges Dance, produces an hour long program (some years it has been shorter to suit the needs of the relay) to honor the memory of those who lost their lives and to celebrate the lives of those who survived their battle. This is where I really know how to shine and do my best with the gifts given to me.
My team and I, utilize the arts that we all have (every year it's different) and present a heart touching presentation. This year I read from my cancer clinic journal for the second time. It was not as heart-wrenching as the first time, but not by much. The first time I did it was a completely different experience. To prepare I had skimmed through my journal vaguely remembering where certain highlights were and briefly reading it. I didn't want my reading from it to be stale for the actual presentation. I used sticky notes to flag parts that I knew were important to share. This was an extremely challenging thing for me to do.

Often I get asked how do I do what you do? I always say, "Don't do another version of me, be you." Then I give them some tips of how to go about finding their place in the world. 

3 Things To Get Moving
Remember: I.R.I.

1.     Interests - What are some things you like to do? Make a list of these things and put them in numerical order of importance or those of greater appeal to you.

2.     Research - Take a look at your list. Choose the top three. Find out more about that subject matter. For me it was cancer. I found that there were oodles of fundraising events, clinics, hospitals, etc. that welcomed and needed volunteers.

3. Involvement - After the research is done, carefully decide what will work with your schedule, personality, and commitment capability. Never over extend yourself or let anything interfere with your family time, significant other, or other important prior goals. Some people have more time than others, some are retired and volunteerism is their new “job”. This is great and works for them, make sure you consider and do the same.

I shared all of this to show you that it is important to do what moves you. It needs to be something that you feel strongly about. Being a cancer survivor, I knew I was called to do something to encourage others. Now go do what moves you.

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Noelle Andressen is an Emmy nominated writer, producer and music arranger. She has authored the 5 book series: "Dance Warrior" Book Series. The first book is set to be released very soon. She is also a dancer-choreographer that has had the privilege of being photographed by legendary dance photographer Lois Greenfield (photo release 2016). She's known for her many works on camera as an actress and behind the lens as a story-teller with her screenplays. She took this skill and applied it to her dance company: Rubans Rouges Dance and creates thought provoking "Dance Drama" that beckons you to "Feel the Experience" (TM/slogan mark).